Standard directions on an application in Form A
Standard directions on an application in Form A

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Standard directions on an application in Form A
  • Date and time of the first appointment
  • Concise statement of issues between the parties
  • Chronology
  • Questionnaire
  • Form G
  • Failure to comply with standard directions

This Practice Note sets out the directions to be complied with after the issue of Form A (re-titled Notice of [intention to proceed with] a financial application to which the standard procedure applies, with effect from 4 June 2018) in proceedings for a financial remedy that are subject to the standard procedure under Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 9, Ch 4 (SI 2010/2955, 9.12–9.17). This includes the filing of a concise statement of issues, a chronology, a questionnaire, and Form G (notice of response to first appointment). It also explains the implications of failing to comply with the standard directions. Additional considerations apply where the application is dealt with in the Financial Remedies Court, see Practice Note: The Financial Remedies Court — Best practice.

For further practical guidance on the issue of an application for a financial remedy in Form A, see Practice Notes: Issuing financial proceedings in Form A (standard procedure) and The first appointment. In relation to the requirements to attend a mediation information and assessment meeting prior to the issue of a Form A see Practice Note: Non-court dispute resolution—mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs).

For cases where the fast-track (previously known as accelerated or shortened) procedure applies, eg on an application for a periodical payments order only where no capital orders are sought, see Practice